Michigan State Journal of History

The undergraduate editorial board of the Michigan State Journal of History (MSJoH) is pleased to announce the release of Volume 7!

 This volume continues the tradition of featuring outstanding undergraduate scholarship at the university. As one of the few undergraduate-operated journals in the country, the journal strives to reflect the intellectual climate fostered by the Department of History. It is our privilege to publish works of such high intellectual caliber.

Volume 8, 2016

Letter from the Editor

Kolt Ewing, Editor-in-Chief

 A brief discussion of the academic journal. Includes acknowledgement of the undergraduate editorial board and faculty that were indispensable to the project.

Friends and Foes Within the City Walls

Contrary to popular belief, Magna Carta is by no mean an outcry for freedom and liberty in modern sense; rather, it is a promulgation of the interest of the English magnates. Their struggle for power needed the help of the towns and townspeople. The purpose of this essay is to examine how Magna Carta reflects this profound relationship between the English magnates in the countryside and the dwellers in the town, namely the magnates’ recognition of cities’ importance as well as the former’s desire to repress the expansion of this importance.

Gender and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers

“During the late 1960s in the heyday of the Black Power era, members of the black working class began militantly organizing in the factories of Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors for better working conditions and an end to racism. Their targets were not only the plant management, but also the union bureaucracy of the United Auto Workers (UAW). Calling each local struggle a Revolutionary Union Movement, together they formed the city-wide League of Revolutionary Black Workers. These workers were self-described Marxist-Leninists and the architects of chants such as “U-A-W means You Ain’t White” and “Put a Halter on Walter.” Black women, like the one quoted earlier, were active participants in these organizations.”

How To Build A Nation With Film

 The objective of this paper is to analyze how Italians could have created their post-war identity via neorealist films. This is achieved by considering the following questions: How did Italians view Germans?; How did Italians view Americans?; and How did Italians view Italians?. These questions were analyzed by looking at five films from two leading directors covering the years 1945-1950. The analysis revealed that Italians are united by similar pain, society fails to consider the future of Italy, Americanization inhibits identity creation, and the institutions in place cannot operate under the current situation and cannot provide for its citizens. While the films did achieve their desired outcome (social and moral upheaval), the population was not able to fully embrace the message because they were so traumatized that they subconsciously desired escapist films to sooth their social and psychological trauma.

The Economic Miracle

The Economic Miracle in Italy was a period of unprecedented economic growth from 1958-1962. This essay looks explore the origins of this economic post-war boom and in a larger context discuss how it affected Italian society. In discussing how it altered Italian society it will show the correlation between the increasing advancement of consumer goods in Italy with the rise in urbanization in Italian cities. Then the essay will analyze how the Economic Miracle altered the religious and political spheres in Italy.


A Note on our Review Process

 A brief overview of how submissions to the journal are evaluated.

Essay Submission Policy

Do you have scholarly work that you believe would make a strong additional to the MSJoH? Herein lies our policies in regards to submissions.

Staff of the Michigan State Journal of History

 The staff directly responsible for the success of Volume 8.

 Previous Journal Volumes of the MSJoH

 For the first time, interested scholars are able to revisit the intellectual research of former students in the newly archived Volumes 1-6. Showcased within them is the research of aspiring historians that covers a diverse selection of topics, spanning various cultural areas and eras of the historical world.

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

Volume 5

Volume 6

Volume 7